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Category: 

Taxation

Date: 

1998-04-07 17:34:05

Subject: 

IRS Needs $850 Million to Fix Its Massively Complex System

  Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1998-04/03/118l-040398-idx.html

Comment: 

The complexity of the IRS's system is revealed in a recent report to Congress.

Sen. Moynihan has warned of a crash.

This is from the WASHINGTON POST (April 3).

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The IRS plans to spend $850 million through fiscal 1999 updating and testing about 75,000 computer application programs, 1,400 minicomputers, more than 100,000 desktop computers, and more than 80 mainframe computers. A number of the most critical computer systems were developed 10 to 30 years ago. . . .

Said Moynihan, "The IRS machines could just crash. . . . This is terminal if you don't get it right."

Link: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1998-04/03/118l-040398-idx.html

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